A robotic mower operates with minimal time and effort needed from you. It’s a lifestyle-friendly mower that gives you back time with assurance that your lawn is well cared for. Lowes has a great blog post that talks about robotic lawn mowers.
What is a robotic mower?
A robotic mower is a relatively small, battery-powered mower. Once the mowing area is defined with boundary wire and the mower programmed, a robotic mower can keep your lawn trimmed — functioning similarly to the way a robotic vacuum keeps carpets clean. Based on that program, the robot mower starts, exits its charging station and mows the grass within an area defined by a boundary wire. Typically, the robotic lawn mower takes random paths across the area, trimming away a small part of the grass in its path until it encounters a boundary wire or obstacle. Then, it turns and heads in another direction, mowing until it encounters another boundary wire or obstacle, or needs to return to its station for a recharge. Most models can mow level lawns with no problem. Others can handle hills and steep inclines. Some models have wifi and/or Bluetooth connectivity, and theft-deterrent systems such as alarms, GPS tracking and activation codes.
Benefits of a robotic mower
Why would you choose a robotic mower over a push or riding mower? Robotic mowers have unique features that make them stand out from traditional mowers.
The move obvious benefit is convenience. You don't have to mow your lawn.
Robotic mowers mow in random patterns. This means they don’t create rows of wheel ruts that can prevent the grass from growing upright.
You don’t need to remember to keep the battery of a robotic mower charged. The robotic lawn mower returns to its charging station when needed and begins mowing again once charged.
Since they rely on boundary and guide wires or sensors to define the limits of the lawn and are much quieter than gasoline-powered mowers, some robotic mowers are capable of mowing at night.
Robotic mowers are designed to trim the grass blades a little at a time. This is healthier for the turf.
Robotic mowers require less storage space.
Things to keep in mind
You need to program your robotic mower to mow often enough so that it only takes off an inch or less of the blade length.
If you own dogs or other pets, you'll have to keep to yard cleaned up, if you know what I mean.
Some of the features, like wifi connectivity or theft deterrence, can be pricey.
Depending on trees and other obstacles in your yard, you may find that your robotic mower consistently leaves uncut patches.
Some models may not be able to handle the size of your yard before they have to return to their charging station. Most models can handle an typical suburban-size lawn. Others can handle as much as an acre at a time.